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Gain muscle mass for fat loss

One of my aims is to gain muscle mass to increase fat-burn. What would be a good way to achieve this? It should be natural to concentrate on big muscles, but from what I understand legs for example ...
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What is the difference betweeen 9 and 10 reps? - - - - - - (If you can do 10) [closed]

Say you can do 10 pushups. Supposedly you should go close to failure to have a good training effect. But if you look on the muscles; the point is to break them down, to rebuild them stronger. And 9 ...
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How to avoid toe injury in martial arts?

How do I prevent injuries in my toes while kickboxing? Specially the big toe and the small one? I have heard about taping but is there a strengthening exercise to prevent injury or such? If you ...
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Why shouldn't you drink your protein shakes before or during a training session?

It seems to be common knowledge that you should consume your protein shake right after a training session for best effect. The sooner the better. I wonder why you shouldn't consume your shake right ...
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200 situps in combination with 100 pushups 6 week program?

For those off you that know about the 200 sit up and 100 push ups program, would it be a good idea to combine the two programs in one? The program works by dividing the workout into 3 times a week, ...
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Unusual heart rates and fitness

About one month ago I started running every couple of days after being completely sedentary for ... well, essentially my entire life. I'm 23 years old, 5'11", 155 lbs, never done regular physical ...
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What is excreted in diarrhea?

When you have diarrhea, what portions of the food is excreted? Does only the poisoned portions become excreted or do the whole stomach contents get excreted? Here is a practical example: For your ...
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Having joint pain and “cracking” after getting back to working out with weights

I have been getting back into working out (both running and weights) and its going pretty well as i am getting back into it and being pretty consistent. The one issue is that i have started to get a ...
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What is the best pre-workout supplement for long distance running?

I recently came across a blog post called the Top 10 Rated Pre Workout Supplements of 2011, which compares a bunch of concoctions made of "stimulants, nitric oxide, creatine, and amino acids." There ...
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What happens when you miss a workout?

Normally I get to the gym Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and try to lift a little bit more weight than I did the time before. Today everything has gone wrong and I am not going to be able to make it ...
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Gain weight while doing sports involving conditioning

Okay, first of all folks, I know there are already some questions about gaining weight. The question in this case and the main difference with the others is on the conditions to achieve the same ...
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Purity of Herbal Supplements

There is plenty of debate about the efficacy of most herbal supplements, but that's not my question. I just want to know if there is a reliable/standard source of verification for the active ...
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Snapping hip syndrome and running

I'm into week 7 of couch25k program. For a while now (years) I have what appears to be Snapping Hip Syndrome. My hip is fine 90% of the time, but there's always an exact motion I can make to make it ...
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How to convert difference in elevation into distance?

When you're running up a slope, you're running slower. Down the hill you may run faster, if your knees allow it. But how much? In German, there is the notion of "Leistungskilometer", which is ...
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Does working out after lunch help to avoid feeling drowsy in the afternoon? Which work out routine is best?

I work about 40 to 45 hours a week at my office, sitting most of the time. My company allows me to adjust my time table and I can arrange my working hours as I like, as long as the job gets done. I ...
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Keeping track of muscle dimensions

I am looking for tools and procedures to keep track of changes in sizes of muscles. (or groups of muscles like upper arms and chest). (1) How feasible is this? (2) Are more subjective measures like ...
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What is the best way to treat a jammed finger? [closed]

I jammed my ring finger playing keeper in a soccer game last night and it's pretty swollen and discolored. It hurts but I'm pretty sure it's not broken. What is the best way to treat it? Having done ...
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What are key points to focus on when trying to increase the size and definition of the bicep?

How does one work the bicep to it's max? Admittedly, I know I'm guilty of lack of symmetry because I do a lot of exercise that build my triceps. Therefore, I think my biceps have suffered and I ...
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Should I consume protein shakes after team sport (cardio)?

I started to consume protein shakes (about 25g with milk and water) after hitting the gym to help me gain muscles. I also play flag football two times a week, where the training is more focused on ...
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Is the resting burn rate included when the calories burned during training are calculated?

Most cardio machines nowadays show an estimate of how many calories you have burned during your training. There are also a lot of different lists available, which activity burns how many calories over ...
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What exercise is this (rotating upper body holding a 20kg plate)?

One of the players in my favourite sporting team the (Go the All Blacks!) does this interesting rotating exercise. My question; I'm wondering what the exercise is called, what benefits would you gain ...
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Working out 5 days a week when following strengthening routines

I am currently following the strengthening routine suggested by @DaveLiepmann 3 days a week. Extracts from this thread - Are these Workout Routines right for Body Building 2.In each workout you ...
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Herniated disc prohibits squats. What are alternative exercises?

I have a herniated disc...I went to doctor and told me that I could still lift weights as long as I don't do squats because of all the pressure that compress at the disc. What is a another ...
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Is there any benefit to having a sauna after weight lifting?

It certainly feels good, but does it help at all with muscle relaxation and recovery? Or there any dangers with over heating a worked muscle?
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Weight training starter,can not do chin up.

I have been going to a gym for last three weeks (3-4 times in a week). During the first two weeks, I have done some cardio, push-ups, chest exercises, pull overs, and push-up dips. And now my ...
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Achilles issues and foot numbness

I frequently get a sense of tightness in my lower legs most often about a mile into a run, sometimes in one foot other times in both. I've spoken to a doctor about it and my achilles is fine. The ...
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Can I gain weight using diet, running and resistance training?

I am setting a goal to gain ~8kg in 3 months. I have an average body build. I know that to gain weight I need to increase daily Calorie intake and do exercise. I don't want to hire a personal trainer ...
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How to prepare the body for workout in the early morning?

I usually do sports only in the afternoon or in the evening, because my body needs several hours to work properly after I get up in the morning. I can perform mental tasks very well in the morning and ...
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What is the optimal bulking / cutting rotation schedule?

What is the optimal bulking / cutting rotation schedule for maximum muscle gain and fat loss? By bulking, I mean eating tons and lifting heavy. By cutting, I mean eating less and doing more cardio. ...
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Is bench press with dumbbells less effective?

Is bench press with dumbbells less effective than bench press with barbell, if so why?
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Sprain or strain - what's the difference and how to treat? [closed]

After a week of extensive exercising involving cycling, running, swimming and soccer I woke up Sunday morning with a sharp pain in what I think is my soleus muscle. Definitely not an achilles, but ...
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What are the best benefits of yoga (versus cardio and weight training)?

I currently do cardio and weight training, but my friend is trying to get me to take yoga. The biggest benefit seems to be flexibility. Are there any other big benefits to yoga versus these other ...
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How much sodium after hard exercise?

After (or during) an hour or three of hard, sweaty running and/or biking, how much salt do I need beyond my normal diet?
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How to avoid stomach cramps after running?

I'm an active and fit person, but whenever I go for a run, afterwards I typically get bad stomach cramps. Anything over 20 minutes or more than 3 miles long is my threshold where I'll get a stomach ...
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Is it dangerous to use the same shoes for walking as for running as a beginner?

I have zero experience in running for fitness. I used to be in good shape simply from having a more active lifestyle and doing regular manual labor, but since moving to a different country, I've ...
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At what time are oats effective?

Am trying to reduce my weight. People suggested me to take oats instead of rice. Which is the right time to take oats for a good effect. Breakfast or lunch or dinner?
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10 days to a 5K run

I am in decent physical condition, but I have not been running for 2-3 months. I have signed up for a 5K in ten days. What training can I do in this short time for the best performance in the 5K? How ...
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Weight gained using GOMAD strategy

@DaveLiepmann recommended drinking one gallon of milk a day for gaining quick mass. It does look like a good idea as it is discussed on stronglifts as well. But another article suggested it is not ...
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Weightlifting alone

I have trained for my initial one year alone and did not see much gain. But had the opportunity to train with a friend for few months. In these few months I learned to lift heavier weights with good ...
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Are these Workout Routines right for Body Building

The weightlifting-101 blog post on the stackexchange blog and posts on fitness.SE has helped me learn more about strength training and body building. My goal is body building (to bulk up) in short ...
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Should I “deal” with my blisters?

Fellow runners, I am starting to enter the business end of my marathon training. My long runs are around 20-22 miles and they are starting to take their toll on my feet. I have a particularly angry ...
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How do I find new long-distance running routes? [closed]

I'm training for a January marathon but I've just moved across country for graduate school. My immediate neighborhood is not exactly set up for long distance runs (a luxury I left back home, it ...
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1answer
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what time should i stop eating at night [closed]

A friend of mine told me that the worst thing to do when trying to lose weight is to eat right before bed as it sits in your stomach and it will make you gain weight. Is this accurate? If so, what ...
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I'm a casual runner & active human. Do I need to work out my legs + lower body?

I'm 27 and I'm in pretty good shape. I'm getting in even better shape, having signed up for a gym membership a couple months ago for the first time in my life. I've been hitting some free weights, pec ...
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What can explain my feet cramping while using swim fins when I swim in the afternoon/evening?

I've been swimming for the last couple years and currently swim 4 times a week. Two of those days I swim in the morning, the other two are in the evening. Whenever I swim in the evening and swim a set ...
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Does the temperature of the training environment influence the calorie burn rate significantly?

The efficiency of the human body, like any other machine, depends on the surrounding temperature. We get exhausted quicker if we run on a hot summer afternoon than we would in the cooler evening. But ...
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1answer
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Impact of irregular eating schedule on running training

I'm planning to train for longer distance races (first a 10k, then a half-marathon), and I was wondering about the detrimental effects of eating at irregular intervals during the day. Having just ...
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Losing weight with Stronglifts 5x5?

At 22 years old and 325 lbs (mostly fat) I rather desperately want (and need) to lose weight. However, I'm not a big fan of running. I do some biking, but I've been reading up more about weight ...
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Why I am losing fat mostly on my upper body and face?

I am almost 24 and I have to confess that I have been overweight for past 24 years :( I never did any serious sport and never had regular workouts either. I spent most of my life behind a PC or game ...
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Why do runners immediately stop after a run? Does opening your mouth more while running affect oxygen intake?

Hello all. I've got two questions regarding the way runners run. Firstly, what I've always thought is that stopping immediately after completing the run (1k / 2k / 3k / 5k) is bad and we should like ...

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